Sunday, May 31, 2009

Change Can Be Good

Welcome to Met Monday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. To see more wonderful changes visit Susan by clicking here. Today my metamorphosis is a simple one. Often times when we buy art we purchase it already done. Matted, framed and all. How often have you loved a painting or piece of art but walked away from it because the frame or matting wasn't right. That could have been the story with these cute doggy prints. I spotted them in HomeGoods a couple years back. Someone had discarded them in the linen section. I was immediately drawn to them because the frames are gorgeous. I also loved the doggy's and the black dogs with the black frames really made a nice statement. When I turned them over and saw the clearance price of $16 each I was sold! There was however one problem....... The matting. Well not really matting it was actually a part of the printed surface. I love plaid and this was a cute sage plaid but it really had no pop IMO. It fell flat. Plus I knew that this sage green plaid was not the right color for my home.
Oh but I really loved the frames and the dogs. I left the store that day with three prints in hand not really knowing what I had in mind for them. They sat for months on my molding in my formal dining room. Sometimes I let things sit like that for long whiles. Life gets busy and projects fall on the back burner. I know y'all can relate to this little habit!

Then one weekend I got a fire under me and decided to paint my entrance. Those doggy prints were staring me in the face! So once I was done painting my entrance I drove to Michael's thinking I would paint the printed area with the plaid. Or maybe buy some RED plaid ribbon or fabric to place on it. In the end I settled on a much easier solution. Mat them in red. This was wonderful for two reasons. First it was easier than my previous ideas. Second it added some dimension to the prints. I chose a nice deep red mat. They cost me around $3 a mat. I popped out the wood back on the prints and glued the mat directly to the prints then popped the print and matting in and the wood back back on and glued it all together. I was pleased with the results and so was my entrance stairwell wall! I love the pop and contrast the red and black creates against the Georgian Green walls. Don't you?




Thanks for joining me for another fun Met Monday. Remember if you love something you will find a way to use it even if that means changing it up a bit. Don't be afraid to make something good, GREAT!


25 comments:

  1. Love the RED .. makes the lil doggies stand out!
    Debbie

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  2. What cute pictures and the red is just perfect. Great job. Hugs, Marty

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  3. I LOVE the red. Very striking. Great job!
    Traci

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  4. The red pops! Very attractive and the dog prints are really nice....Christine

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  5. Love it! Even if I am a cat person. LOL

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  6. wow, changing the area around the dogs really made the picture stand out, what a hugh difference. Brilliant idea!
    hugs
    janet

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  7. Oh, I love this! Those little prints are precious and the red really is just perfect!
    bE a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  8. Well, I'm glad you stumbled upon those cute prints and I love that pop of red! Great re-do! ~ Robyn

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  9. I do the exact same thing with new art work... I lean it against the wall and live with it that way for weeks to know for sure whether or not I'm willing to commit it to the space.

    Excellent transformation, btw.

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  10. They're so adorable! I would have bought them too. Great solution! ☺ diane

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  11. I love the red matting! I love red too and even have my music room painted in red. BTW, I just LOVE your green toile wallpaper!

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  12. I have to comment on your house not your art. I love your Green Toile with the white bead board and your wide green stripes!!!
    Lovely Home...
    kate

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  13. Those are the cutest prints (that doxie one is just my style)! I love it with the red! Great job!

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  14. That made em pop! Cute prints and great price for those too!
    Have a Happy Week!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  15. The pictures are darling!

    Thank you for stopping by our blog!

    Nola
    Nashville

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  16. Good job, I like the red, never can go wrong with red!
    Linda Q

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  17. Those are so cute, and the red mats did just make them come alive. Love them. Your header is so pretty. laurie

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  18. Wow - good advice about making something good, GREAT. I never would have thought of that but the red definitely enhances the prints. Nice job!

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  19. Red and black dogs go together. Good choice!

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  20. Those are really cute prints and your solution for the matting is perfect~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  21. The the updated change...great idea to change the pictures to your liking !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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    Talk to ya soon, Barb

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